End of the Year Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following project ideas can help your high school students stay engaged and active as they deal with the end of the school year, summarize the year's knowledge, and explore their own experiences.

Ending the Year

The end of the school year brings with it unique opportunities and challenges in dealing with students. This can be an important time to solidify learning and a chance for reflection on personal growth, but also a time in which distractions are high. These ideas can help keep your high school students engaged with in-depth projects as they prepare for the end of the school year.

End of the Year Project Ideas

End of the Year Editorial

Tell students that they are going to compile a set of editorials on the end of the school year which reflect on the experiences from that year that mattered to people. To start, each student will come up with a list of interview questions about the year; what people learned, the experiences that mattered to them, and thoughts about the upcoming year. Each of your students will then interview at least five students from outside of your classroom, and conduct research on school, national, and global events from the last year. Each student will use all of this to write their end-of-the-year editorial, which should be designed to make a point about what this last year meant to people and how this sets up expectations for next year. Give students a chance to write their editorials, peer-edit each other's work, and complete a final draft before compiling them into a class journal.

  • Materials: Writing supplies.

Summarize the Year

This project can be completed by students independently or in groups. Ask students to carefully review their notes from the entire year. Each student/group is going to create a skit in which they summarize all of the information they learned on this subject in the last year in a three-minute sketch. Being forced to compress all of this information into such a compact format should not only be entertaining, but can also help you identify the areas that students really connected with in the curriculum.

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